Memorial Day “Tribute to Heroes” Parade

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Memorial Day “Tribute to Heroes” Parade

Sunday, May 24th, 2015, 5-8pm (The parade starts at 6pm)

Location: Lakewood Ranch, Main Street


And to REGISTER your kids in the Children’s Decorated Bike Contest: CLICK HERE!

All who enter can be part of the parade procession as a group, we will have trophies for cutest, most patriotic and most creative decorating.  All other residents are invited to join us waving your American flags and wearing your red, white and blue for the 6th annual community celebration of our fallen heroes, Tribute to Heroes Parade.  The event will begin at 5pm and the celebration will continue through 10pm. Floats, marching bands, ponies, vintage cars and the local Hit Crew of Manatee County to name a few.  After the parade be sure to gather around the stage for the beautiful dove release, singing of God Bless America and the VFW reading of, In Flanders Fields, a poem inspired by Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae,  during his service in the 2nd Battle of Ypres. The fields were left unmaintained for years before they were made into a proper memorial. Today Flanders Fields is home to thousands of poppies. The street festivities that will continue until 9PM include music, face painting, refreshments and vendor booths. We will announce this year’s 2015 parade Grand Marshal soon! We will once again offer special VIP Veteran Viewing, which will be reserved seating for Veterans.  The specific location will be announced shortly.  

Proceeds from the parade once again benefit the Manasota Operations Troop Support, (MOTS).  Day of the parade bring one of the following items,

A list of the most frequently requested items by our troops

All snacks should be individual snack size for them to carry in pockets as they go

Beef Jerky

Slim Jims

Single serve powdered, Gatorade, ice tea & lemonade mixes.

Starbucks single serve packets.

White Socks

Triple Edged Razors

Wet Wipes

Pop top canned stews and pastas like Ravioli.

AAA batteries

Clif Meal Bars

Healthy Nut Mix



Trail Mix

Dental Floss

Dental Picks (metal)

MOTS will make sure our local Bradenton and Sarasota troops receive them.  

We recommend you bring chairs or arrive early for seating. Well behaved pets on a short leash are welcome, and please leave your coolers at home.  The parade route will begin promptly at 5PM on Main Street.  New this year will be a Budweiser VIP tent to host our generous sponsors.

Children interested in participating in the decorated bike contest, can register by clicking now.  They will be judged between 4:15 and 4:30pm. If your child arrives after 4:30pm they will not be considered for a trophy, however are welcomed to still join the children as one group in the parade procession. Parents or group leaders are responsible for their children at all times, including the staging area, the parade procession, and at the conclusion of the parade. A parent, guardian or group leader MUST be present at the event at all times. No child may be “dropped off” or left unaccompanied at any time.

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—> Highlights from 2014, photos by Photographic Media<—

—> EVENT LOCATION: 8100 Lakewood Main Street, 34202 <—


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